Featured Teacher: Katherine Yannucci

Why do you practice
It helps me on my spiritual journey and keeps my body and mind flexible.  It also helps me to relax.

Why do you teach?
I LOVE YOGA and I love sharing the benefits of yoga with others.  If I can positively influence more people thru this practice, I am all for it!  I can’t imagine staying quiet about something that can be so helpful to so many people.

Inspirations?
The following teachers who practice Ahimsa on a daily basis with their vegan diet and who make it an important part of their yoga practice.
David Life and Sharon Gannon from Jivamukti Yoga
Dharma Mittra from Dharma Yoga Center
Rossella Rossi-my first yoga mentor

Who have you trained with?
Rossella Rossi, Rodney Yee, Cyndi Lee, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Doug Keller, Gary Kraftsow, Richard Freeman, and many others

What style do you teach?
Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yin-Yang Yoga (a combination of Yin and Vinyasa)

What’s your favorite food?
Indian Food

What’s your nickname?
Kathy or Katica-my Colombian family has always called me by this name.  It means “little Kathy.”

Do you own any animals?
Yes.  I have 2 yellow English Labradors named Zen and Rocco.

What’s on your playlist right now?
“Pilgrim Heart” album by Krishna Das

What’s your favorite yoga accessory?
My purple lite Manduka yoga mat

What style influences your teaching?
Vinyasa by Rossella Rossi and Yin Yoga by Sarah Powers

Favorite yoga pose?
Triangle pose

Favorite quote?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

What is your favorite TV show of all time?
I don’t watch a lot of TV now, but when I was younger I used to like “Three’s Company.”

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
I like my given name so I wouldn’t change it.

Your favorite item of clothing?
My KATICA yoga pants that I designed

What did you want to be when you were little?
A social worker or someone who can help people.

In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be? Why?
A monkey.  I love trees and used to enjoy climbing them as a child.  I also think it would be fun to swing from tree to tree.

Best trip you’ve taken, or dream trip you’d like to take?
Greece for my honeymoon.  We went to Mykonos, Santorini and Athens.  I loved the people, the food, and the sights.  What a beautiful country!!

What word describes you best?
Passionate

What drives you every day?
The wish to live a long and healthy life for myself and my family.

Whom do you admire?
People who take care of their health and especially people who make significant changes in their life to be healthier.  My motto is “don’t complain if you aren’t willing to do something about it.”

What is your mission?

“To design a lifestyle that inspires change.” 

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
Two of my neighbors whom I didn’t know that well at that time, took me by surprise when they offered to host a baby shower for me when we adopted my son, Andres.  It was really special and almost all of our neighbors attended.

Fun fact about you?
True to my Colombian roots, I LOVE to dance salsa and merengue.

What books are you reading right now?
A parenting book called “It’s Okay Not to Share.”

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One Response to Featured Teacher: Katherine Yannucci
  1. Elizabeth

    Kathy,
    I enjoyed your class so much on Tuesday. Welcome to Yoga on High! When school is over and summer break begins, I’m planning on being in class with you a lot!